Big Ten Women's Golf All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners Announced
April 26, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday the women's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners. Purdue's Numa Gulyanamitta earned the Big Ten Player of the Year award, while Indiana's Lindsay Gahm took home Freshman of the Year accolades and Northwestern's Emily Fletcher and Wisconsin's Todd Oehrlein earned Co-Coach of the Year honors.
Gulyanamitta took medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships, finishing with a 1-under 287 and a three-stroke advantage over the field at the tournament. The Boilermaker senior's finish marked the fourth consecutive year that a Purdue golfer won medalist honors at the event. She also received the conference's Mary Fossum Award, given to the Big Ten player with the lowest stroke average to par during the season. Gulyanamitta is the sixth Purdue golfer to be named Player of the Year and the fifth in the last six years.
Gahm collects Freshman of the Year honors after closing out the season with the highest Sagarin rating among Big Ten newcomers. She finished tied for 21st at the conference championships with a 16-over 304. Gahm is the third Hoosier to earn the award and first since Jenny Gray won it in 1995.
Fletcher becomes the first Northwestern coach to be named Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to four top-six finishes this spring along with a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Northwestern's 35-over 1,187 at the championships was the team's best score in the history of the event.
Oehrlein earns conference recognition after coaching the Badgers to fourth place at the Big Ten Championships, along with top-three finishes in the team's final three regular-season tournaments. He is the second Wisconsin coach to win the award after Dennis Tizani earned the honor in 1994.
The All-Big Ten first team features conference champion Michigan State's Aimee Neff and Caroline Powers, Northwestern's Lauren Weaver and Purdue's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Gulyanamitta and Paula Reto. Also earning All-Conference honors were Indiana's Gahm, Michigan State's Lindsey Solberg, Ohio State's Rachel Rohanna and Vicky Villanueva and Purdue's Thea Hoffmeister and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, who each received second-team accolades.
The Big Ten also recognized 11 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.
2011 BIG TEN WOMEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES